Bay City News reports that there will be a hearing at 9 a.m. Friday (May 14) in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City on a request by media organizations to unseal a search warrant affidavit that law enforcement used to search the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen to look for Apple’s next generation iPhone.

A number of news media organizations want that search warrant affidavit unsealed, but the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office is hoping Judge Clifford Cretan will opt to keep it sealed, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

“The district attorney’s office wants to keep it sealed so it doesn’t affect the investigation,” he said.

Attorneys for the news organizations including the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Cnet, the Los Angeles Times,, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the First Amendment Coalition will be requesting the search warrant be unsealed, Wagstaffe said.

The hearing will take place in Department 6 at 9 a.m.

Bay Area Media News


  1. What are the odds that Apple intentionally lost its iPhone prototype so that people like Jason would write about it? Seems like a great publicity stunt, and getting the cops involved just heated it up further. The people at Apple are geniuses when it comes to publicity.

  2. The real question here is how much influence did Apple exert over local law enforcement. I doubt the affidavit will answer that question because I'm sure the cops covered their tracks, making sure Apple's tentacles couldn't be seen. But I hope this leads to a more thorough investigation, where everyone involved including Wagstaffe is put under oath.

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